The Denver Post article addresses diversity on two fronts - the consumers who patronize the resort and the employees and business owners that make a living there. My position is that the decision to ensure diversity at Winter Park is not in the spirit of altruism. It makes good economic sense for a resort to cater to families new to winter sports.
New skiers and boarders are more likely to buy a full priced lift ticket, rent equipment, take lessons, wear the latest Bogner, buy meals at the resort and shop at the resort shops. Experienced skiers have a different profile - they ski on a season pass or have access to discounted lift tickets, already own equipment, typically do not take lessons, patch their L.L.Bean and northface with duct tape, eat their packed from home lunches, and don't shop at the resort stores unless a buddy can get them a discount or there's a great end of season sale. (sterotypes - but bear with me)
Resorts need both types of consumers in order to survive but we should recognize that there is a distinct value in attracting new skiers and making them feel welcome. Is it savvy marketing or racism to presume that the non white population of Colorado is likely to fall into the new skier category? Maybe it is a little of both. I question the Denver city council's jurisdiction 67 miles
outside of Denver but that's just me. Should the government be involved in determining what recreational activities are appropriate for anyone? No. Should the government ensure that every qualified
person has fair and equal access to employment and business opportunities regardless of race/religion/creed? Yes, it's part of their job to uphold the law.
|Originally posted by yuki:
IF they feel excluded someday, will they blame their parents for the exclusion? Is there any prohibition against belonging to the Brotherhood and belonging on an organized team?
The NBS does not prohibit anyone from joining any other organization. Andre Horton also belongs to the Jackson Hole Ski Club. They had three
members on the development team. Please point me toward any of the press reports you mention. I'm approaching this with an open mind - I'd just like to see some facts vs personal opinions. Take a second look at the post by WVSkier who took the time to look up the points standings for the team members.
|Originally posted by Carvemeister:
You don't see them gathering together for the "million wheelchair march," with their spokesmen pounding their fists in front of the media complaining about how they've been given the short end of the stick, and on and on. And DEMANDING payment (retribution) for the sufferings of ancestors, while they suffer daily, in the present, and will never really have the opportunities that most minorities claim not to have (and I'm not saying that some don't).
The NBS does not request government money to support athletes who dream to represent their country in the Olympics. They raise funds from their members.
Should Christopher Reeve demand payment for his ancestors? LOL! They weren't disabled. Apples and oranges don't look alike or taste the same - although they both grow on trees. These types of comparisons have little merit. I'd love to share some life experiences with you so that you could understand the complicated issue of race in this country from my perspective. If your interested we can talk off list.
we have the German Ski Club, Norway Ski Club, Swiss Ski Club, and two ski clubs that are predominantly African American. These groups may be predominately one race or ethnicity but I have always felt welcome at their events. People with similar interests will gather together. These are not political organizations - they're ski clubs, formed so that like minded people can meet, enjoy each others company and save a little money in the process. The Germans, Norweigans, and Swiss are proud of their heritage and wish to celebrate that common bond in their ski clubs - so do we. Their existence and names do not mean they exclude or dislike anyone.